Federated Cloud Sharing

Federated File Sharing provides frictionless file sharing across multiple ownCloud servers, while maintaining the security, control and attributes of the original server as set up by IT – and leaving the master file copy on the originating ownCloud server.

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Only ownCloud can connect federated servers in multiple geographic locations into a single user experience for seamless collaboration. Leveraging newly enhanced server to server APIs, users of any ownCloud server can now search for users of any other federated ownCloud from any client – mobile, desktop or web. Sharing is as simple as two clicks and entering the recipient’s name. Access is completely logged on all servers, and can be revoked by the file owner at any time. Further, since each ownCloud is a standalone system, access policies and rules are still respected among Federated servers, enabling each server to be managed to the policies of the host company.

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You are collaborating with another research center on sensitive data but they are on the other side of the world. Your organization has very strict usage guidelines around data sharing … and so does your collaborator. With Federated Cloud Sharing from ownCloud, both organizations can maintain their individual control while sharing designated files and folders across time zones and geographies – all while maintaining the access at any time, from any device.
With Federated Cloud Sharing, users on one ownCloud installation can collaborate with users on other ownCloud installations while each server maintains its respective security and governance protocols. Files shared between users are no longer confined to a single shared folder or ownCloud instance; users can access the latest file versions and selectively sync the most critical shared files.

Federated Cloud Sharing in Action

Need to collaborate among 3 office campuses? With ownCloud, you can set up a server running in all 3 locations. The admins then federate the ownCloud together, making them aware of each other and explicitly allowing federated sharing among the locations. Users can then simply use ownCloud as they normally would for file access and sharing. When sharing with users in different campuses, the type ahead filter on sharing search results simply returns remote and local users together. At any time, the federated shares can be disabled by the admin, while the file owner still retains control of the master file.

Need to create zones in the company for sharing documents with different security levels? Simply set up an ownCloud for each zone, such as one with strict security guidelines for partners, and one internally for employees – and then connect them with Federated Cloud Sharing. With proper document classification, files tagged as internal will not be allowed across into the external ownCloud, and yet other files can be made publicly available. Further, employees can access files that reside on the partner server, all through the same internal server and the desktop, mobile or web apps they are used to using. In this way, document controls can be retained, and frictionless collaboration can still occur.

OpenCloudMesh

OpenCloudMesh_4.0_72dpiOpenCloudMesh is a joint international initiative under the umbrella of the GÉANT Association that is built on ownCloud’s open Federated Cloud Sharing API taking Universal File Access beyond the borders of individual Clouds and into a globally interconnected mesh of research clouds — without sacrificing any of the advantages in privacy, control and security an on-premises cloud provides. OpenCloudMesh provides a common file access layer across an organization and across globally interconnected organizations, whether the data resides on internal servers, on object storage, in applications like SharePoint or Dropbox, other ownClouds, or even external cloud systems such as Dropbox and Google (syncing them to desktops or mobile apps, making them available offline).

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